Bulletin February 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of our e-bulletin.  In this edition: 

Update on the Physical Health and Severe Mental Illness (SMI) Project

In the last bulletin, we told you that we were looking at all the feedback that had been gathered up until to December.  We have been busy identifying the main themes from all the information that service receivers and carers have told us so that we could produce an Interim Report.  

With 168 responses we had lots of very valuable experiences to consider, and although if we're honest, it probably took a bit more time than we expected, we're now pleased to say that the report is available to view from the button below.  The key findings have been summarised at the beginning of the report for those who prefer not to read lengthy documents. 

Aileen and Niki have started to present the findings to various groups
(including the Physical Health of People with SMI Meeting shown above) 
and are happy to receive any feedback that you may have.

Work has also started to gather additional feedback particularly from those we felt were underrepresented in the first stage of the project (see 'Next Steps' in the report).

If you or anyone you care for has a mental health condition and would like to share your thoughts by completing a questionnaire please access the survey via the following link:

If you would prefer to talk through the survey with Aileen directly, the first page of the link provides contact details, so please feel free to get in touch. 
Interim Physical Health & SMI Report

Care Pathway for People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Last time we told you about Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust's plans for a new care pathway for people with BPD or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder to which it is also referred. 

As we mentioned, Mental Health Together has been supporting the calls from experts living with BPD for a specific care pathway since the beginnings of our service in 2017 so we were really pleased to report this development.  

One of the groups we work with; which provides a safe space in which people with BPD can come together to support each other, share stories, discuss coping skills and influence service provision, is the Derbyshire BPD Support Group.  Their Chair and founder, Sue Wheatcroft, has asked us for the opportunity to formally thank members of the group for their role in 
raising awareness of the need for the new care pathway for those with BPD.

Click on the button below to read Sue's words.

If you would like to know more about the Derbyshire BPD Support Group, please contact Sue on:

phone/text 07597 644558
Sue's Words

Help our Experts by Experience to speak for You - at Chesterfield Royal

As you're aware, we have a group of Experts by Experience who have received training to represent the voices of service receivers and carers at meetings involving healthcare professionals and commissioners. 

They take along their own thoughts and experiences as well as others that we gather through our work at MHT, including our membership.  We thought it would be helpful if we feature a different meeting each time in our e-bulletin so that you can all have the opportunity to pass on your recent experiences.

Two of our Experts have recently started attending a regular Mental Health Liason Meeting at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.   

The meeting is about the experience of anything related to mental health in an acute care setting (Chesterfield Royal Hospital).  But it is NOT about peoples experience in the Hartington Unit.

It could be for example that you attended A & E due to self-harm, feeling suicidal or actually having taken an overdose.  It could be that you went into the hospital with a physical illness and became mentally unwell whilst there.  Or it could be that you went in for surgery and felt that your mental health needs were not taken into account during your stay.

If you feel that you have an experience that you would like our Experts to take along to the meeting please get in touch (email: and we will pass that information (but not your personal details) on to our Experts for sharing at the meeting. 

Our Experts look forward to hearing from you.

High Peak Mental Health Engagement Group

Our High Peak mental health engagement group continues to meet regularly and provides a welcoming environment for service receivers, carers and professionals to get together and talk about their important issues. 

There was no guest speaker in January, so we had more time to catch up on everything happening in the High Peak.  This included the work of the High Peak Carers Working Group and the Primary Care Wellbeing Hub in the High Peak.

We also spent some time discussing the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust smoking policy, and how patients can be supported to quit smoking.  It was very useful to gather peoples thoughts ahead of the Trust's 'Improving Patient Lives, Health and Experiences through Smoking Cessation' conference which MHTwe have been invited to present at.  

The High Peak mental health engagement group meet on Thursdays every 5 to 6 weeks between 1pm and 3pm in the lower meeting room at Buxton Methodist Church.  New members are always welcome.  Click on the button below for 2020 meeting dates.
High Peak Meeting Invitation

Healthwatch Derbyshire Team Building Day

We spent Time to Talk Day (6th Feb) taking part in a team building day with our Healthwatch Derbyshire colleagues at Lea Green.  The morning was spent considering our working styles, looking at what we do well and areas for improvement.  In the afternoon we pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones and had a go at working together as a team to see how high we could balance in pairs on a stack of milk crates.  Please don't try this at home without the safety equipment that was very much relied on as you can see from the photos below!   
Other News

Derby City and South Derbyshire Mental Health Carers' Forum Open Day

Are you a carer for someone with a mental health condition?  If so, why not see what's on offer at the in Derby City and South Derbyshire Mental Health Carers’ Forum open day.

The event takes place between 10am and 2pm at St Peters Church, St Peters Street, Derby (DE1 1SN) on Monday 23rd March.

Click here for a poster with further details. 

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust News - Dimensions

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (DHcFT) publish an e-bulletin called 'Dimensions' to share their news. 

The latest edition contains news and developments from recent months as well as mentioning the recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections. There is also the opportunity to provide feedback via the Trust reputation audit questionnaire.  Click on the button below to open the February Issue of Dimensions.

Dimensions - Feb 2020

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th March is Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2020.  This year First Steps Eating Disorders are focussing on the theme of males and boys as they feel that they are underrepresented in the research being conducted within eating disorders.

See the First Steps website to find out more about the activities taking place and how you can get involved. 

Arts for Wellbeing Group

Following successful pilot sessions, a regular Arts for Wellbeing group will take place on a Wednesday (DCC term time) until (at least) the summer. It is hoped that further funding can be secured to continue into next year.
The group is friendly and flexible – it’s a drop-in group - mixed ages and gender between 16-30.
They are currently working towards a local exhibition, planning environmental, upcycling and re-purposing projects as well as simpler activities like drawing, colouring and model making.
The group belongs to its participants and follows a loose timetable with room to grow and try new things! They use the 5 Ways to Wellbeing as their ethos #connect #keeplearning #takenotice #beactive #give
Click here to open a flyer with further information. 

East Midlands Alcoholics Anonymous Convention in Heanor

On Sunday 1st March the East Midlands Alcoholics Anonymous Convention will take place at Wilmott Street Community Centre in Heanor.  Registration is from 10:30am.  We know that significant numbers of people with mental health conditions also struggle with alcohol addiction, please see the flyer opened from the button below if you are interested.
Alcoholics Anonymous Convention Flyer

Beat the Street - Chesterfield

We're all for anything that helps to get people active and Beat the Street is a game that aims to do just that.  It's a real life walking, cycling and running game for a whole community, which runs from Wednesday 26 February 2020 – Wednesday 8 April 2020. Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council, and is funded by the National Lottery on behalf of Sport England and Chesterfield Health and Wellbeing Partnership.

Score points and win prizes by walking, cycling or running from point to point and tapping a registered Beat the Street card or fob on sensors (Beat Boxes) which are placed on lamp posts across Chesterfield.

Visit the website to find out more and join in:

Research into the Wellbeing of Carers in Employment

Derbyshire Carers Association and the University of Derby are currently conducting research looking at how the wellbeing of informal carers is affected by juggling the demands of caring and paid employment. They would really appreciate it if carers who are also in employment would give some time to complete the questionnaire below:

 Carers in Employment Survey

The study is completely anonymous and confidential and can be completed over a number of sessions if necessary.

The Hub of Hope

Image result for hub of hope imagesThe Hub of Hope is a national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support. Simply type your postcode into the following website to see the registered services available in your area
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